June 17, 2022
Kino Lorber on July 19 will release its eighth and latest collection of vintage black-and-white film noir movies as Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema VIII.
The Blu-ray Disc set includes three 1940s classics: Street of Chance, Enter Arsene Lupin and Temptation, and carries a suggested retail price of $49.95.
Street of Change (1942) is based on the novel The Black Curtain by Cornell Woolrich (Rear Window). Burgess Meredith portrays amnesiac Frank Thompson, who awakens in the middle of the street with no clue of where he is, how he got there, or why his cigarette case and hat both have the letters “D.N.” on them. He tries to piece together his old life while a mysterious stranger (Claire Trevor) seems more interested in probing his past than his wife Virginia (Louise Platt). Then there’s the matter of the murder that Frank cannot remember committing.
In Enter Arsene Lupin (1944), charming French thief Arsène Lupin (Charles Korvin) steals a priceless emerald from the beautiful English heiress Stacie Kanares (Ella Raines) while en route to Paris on the Orient Express. He becomes so infatuated with Stacie that he reroutes himself to Great Britain in order to return the jewel. Meanwhile, her cousin Bessie (Gale Sondergaard) schemes to murder Stacie in order to claim her inheritance. Lupin is determined to intervene to save Stacie’s life, but doing so puts him at risk of being captured by the dogged cop Ganimard (J. Carrol Naish).
The third film, 1946’s Temptation, is a Victorian-era film noir in which Merle Oberon is cast as Ruby, the new wife of wealthy archaeologist Nigel (George Brent, The Spiral Staircase). Unbeknownst to her husband, Ruby has had quite a checkered past, involving several divorces and extramarital affairs. While Nigel is out digging up an ancient mummy, Ruby takes up with Baroudi (Charles Korvin), a slick but impoverished Egyptian opportunist. When Baroudi threatens to leave Ruby unless she puts her husband out of the way, she plots to poison the unwitting Nigel, setting the stage for a spectacular revenge-and-retribution finale.
All three films are from brand-new 2K masters. The Blu-ray Disc boxed set from Kino Lorber includes new audio commentaries for Street of Chance (from professor and film scholar Jason A. Ney), Enter Arsene Lupin (from film historian Anthony Slide), and Temptation (from film historian Kelly Robinson).